The Highland Park School District may soon have an emergency manager appointed by the state to oversee its finances. A state review team recommended Governor Rick Snyder appoint an emergency manager to run the troubled district. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
A court transcript says a man charged in a double-slaying was on work release from the Eaton County Jail at the time of the killings after telling a judge he worked for a company that didn't exist.
The Lansing State Journal reports 38-year-old Christopher Perrien of Sand Lake made the claim Sept. 1 in Eaton County Circuit Court during his sentencing for credit card theft. The newspaper recently obtained hearing transcripts.
A message was left Wednesday by The Associated Press for Perrien's lawyer.
The family of an Iranian-American detained in Iran for four months on espionage charges says he's not getting adequate legal representation.
The family of Amir Hekmati said in a statement Wednesday his "only advocate in Iran is a government-appointed lawyer who he first met on the day of his trial." The statement says the family has tried to hire "at least 10 different attorneys ... to no avail."
A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says it's too early to tell if Michigan will push to require drug tests for welfare recipients and applicants.
It's expected to be a hot topic in many states this year.
There would be some support for requiring a clean drug test as a condition of welfare cash assistance eligibility in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. But supporters want to make sure the plan would survive a legal challenge.
A bill introduced Wednesday in the Indiana Legislature would make it the first state in the industrial Midwest to outlaw compulsory union membership. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, backers of the so-called "right-to-work" movement say it puts pressure on Michigan to do the same.
An assistant state attorney general has been suspended following his arrest on gun charges.
Eaton County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sauter told The Associated Press Wednesday that he authorized two misdemeanor warrants charging James Shell with possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and reckless use of a firearm.
Shell's attorney is expected to turn him in for arraignment at a later date.
Traverse City, MI – Unusually mild weather throughout the fall and early winter meant a slow start to the winter sports season in northern Michigan. It was the least-snowiest November and December on record.
But that all changed over the past couple of days. The new year brought several inches of snow to the area.
Economic forecasters at the state Capitol are preparing for a revenue estimating conference later this month. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, a legislative economist says things could be looking up just a little for Michigan this year.
The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency predicts economic growth could pick up in 2014, but progress will be a bit sluggish until then. David Zin is an economist with the agency.
Ingham county officials say sheriff's deed filings have dropped to their lowest levels in five years. They call it a sign of an improving economy and evidence that government efforts to limit foreclosures are working.
County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel junior says around 1,400 such documents were filed last year. That's a drop of 18% from 2010 and the lowest number since 2006.
Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and one touchdown and Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime, giving No. 12 Michigan State a 33-30 victory over No. 18 Georgia in the Outback Bowl.
Georgia's Blair Walsh became the Southeastern Conference's career scoring leader with a field goal in the second extra period, but he missed a 42-yarder in the first overtime after conservative play-calling. He also had a 47-yard attempt blocked on the final play of the game.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes the state will start to enjoy some of the rewards next year of the difficult choices that were part of his plan to "reinvent Michigan." But he also says there are still school districts struggling with their budgets, and Michigan has some of the most-dangerous cities in the country.
Governor Snyder has this message for people who were hurt or offended by decisions the decisions he made this year:
Michigan's poorly ranked public defender system may get an overhaul in 2012. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, some lawmakers at the state Capitol say they are ready to revamp indigent defense in the state.
The Legislature could enact new restrictions soon on what types of household waste can be disposed of in burn barrels. We have more from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
Household waste now includes a lot more toxic materials - such as computer parts, rubber, plastic, and treated wood. A rule proposed last year would have banned outdoor burning in communities that don't have a local trash-burning ordinance.
A family friend of a Michigan high school graduate accused by Iran of working for the CIA says efforts continue to free him.
Flint-area lawyer Muna Jondy told The Flint Journal for a story Wednesday that 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati's family in Michigan was "frantic" following a report Tuesday from the semiofficial Fars news agency that he could face the death penalty.
Some lawmakers at the state Capitol hope to resolve a long-standing controversy that pits lakefront property owners against backlot property owners. A bill could spell out what people are allowed to do to at road ends that offer public access to inland lakes.
As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, they hope to have a law ready before warm weather draws more people to the water.
Lawmakers at the state Capitol say they are ready to begin talks next year on a long-term solution to the state's broken home-heating-assistance fund. The Legislature approved a short-term fix to keep low-income families' homes heated through this winter.
Democratic state Representative Jeff Irwin says a long-term solution needs to consider the profile of most low-income homes.
There may soon be more online K-12 schools allowed to operate in Michigan. Republican leaders in the state Legislature say they want to approve a measure that would allow more so-called cyber schools when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January.
State Representative Tom McMillin chairs the House Education Committee. He says many lawmakers are impressed with the ability of cyber schools to help kids who struggle in or drop out of traditional public schools.